Run to the East Event Features Film, Talk

Run to the East Event Features Film, Talk

Run to the East website

The SESP social policy concentration is hosting a screening and special guest talk on April 3 for Run to the East, a documentary film that tells of three Native American high school students who beat the odds and earn college scholarships because of cross country running.

The SESP community can meet their running coach, Tim Host, who will speak about his experiences working with these students from the Navajo reservation in New Mexico and the obstacles they face related to going to college.

The inspiring film is being featured in film festivals nationwide and just won the Best Sports Film Award at the Indie Spirit Film Festival. SESP students, faculty and staff are invited to this free screening in G21 Annenberg Hall, starting at 5 p.m.

“Tim is a great role model of how to make a positive difference in the field of education,” says SESP faculty member Cindy Conlon, who knows Host from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, where he grew up. Conlon originated the idea for the event. 

After college graduation Host worked for AmeriCorps and was assigned to the Navajo reservation in New Mexico. He was the impetus for the running program that led to four state championships and to college acceptance for a number of the students he coached and mentored.

Conlon describes several reasons why the inspiring film would be of interest to SESP students. “The film shows the obstacles facing students who must attend schools in communities where there is little human capital,” she says. In addition, the film and discussion afterward “will examine the educational and other social policies that have made it so hard for these high school students to even envision themselves at college.”

The film shows the extreme poverty these students face, as well as the problems in their community with substandard education, drug addiction and violence.

More information about the film is available at www.runtotheeast.com. Henry Lu is the director, and the film has been released by Moxie Pictures. The Run to the East website, shown above, features a trailer about the film.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 3/27/12